'''Illinois''' ( ) is a U.S. state|state
in the Midwestern United States|Midwestern United States
. It is the List of U.S. states and territories by population|5th most populous state
and List of U.S. states and territories by area|25th largest state in terms of land area
, and is often noted as a Macrocosm and microcosm|microcosm
of the entire country.
in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity
in central and northern Illinois, and natural resource
s like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub
. The Port of Chicago
connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes
, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway
, to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Great Lakes
to the Mississippi River
, via the Illinois River
. For decades, O'Hare...